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Desk Reporter - Freelance Pool

Location:Johannesburg, Ferndale, Randburg
Remote work:Not Applicable
Education level:Diploma
Job level:Junior/Mid
Type: 1 year
Reference:#NATV113
Company:Newzroom Afrika


A desk reporter is a key member of the output desk, responsible for ensuring that the newsgathering process is conducted in a timely, accurate and engaging manner. A desk reporter has to produce unique and original stories that set Newzroom Afrika apart from other news broadcasters. They must be able to identify strong news angles from interviews conducted on the channel, monitor breaking news and developments in stories on the news agenda, as well as contribute to the daily news diary.

Key responsibilities:
  • Write news scripts that adhere to the channel’s editorial policy and style guide.
  • Fact check story details and ensure content is accurate and unbiased
  • Write crawlers and straps for news broadcasts
  • Write to visuals and ensure visuals match the script
  • Search archives and select the appropriate visuals
  • Cut sound bytes from interviews
  • Cut visuals for overlay, headlines, etc
  • Stay in constant communication with the field reporter for updates on stories
  • Ability to priorities assignments depending on the needs of the news bulletin
  • Research topics and provide input on angles for the day’s news coverage, as well as for forward planning
  • Suggest guests; commission and write graphics and other on-air elements
  • Check local and international news wires, social media and newspapers to identify stories
  • Come up with unique and original story ideas, appropriate for our target audience
  • Work on long form reports (packages)
  • Provide content for Newzroom Afrika’s online offering, including the website and social media accounts
Skills and competencies 
  • Minimum three years’ experience in television news
  • Degree or diploma in journalism, media studies, or other relevant qualification
  • Experience in the use of one or more newsroom production systems and desktop editing software
  • Ability to identify strong story angles and write quickly
  • Strong news sense
  • Good understanding of legal and ethical issues with regards to TV broadcasts.
  • Understanding of BCCSA Code of Conduct.
  • Good grasp of English and other South African official languages
  • Excellent knowledge of local and international news
  • Team player with a passion for news and current affairs
  • Contacts base in various sectors
Personal attributes
  • Performance driven
  • Team player
  • Solutions driven
  • Attentive to details
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines



Posted on 21 Sep 14:01, Closing date 20 Nov

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010 448 4050

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Newzroom Afrika is a premier South African 24-hour TV news channel broadcasting in Southern Africa, East and West Africa

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